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Letter from Director for Public Health

Gascoigne March Full Reopening Action Plan

Date: 24th February 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,


Re: Plans for Full School Reopening on Monday 8th March


I hope you and your families are safe and well.


Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, I am writing to outline the plans for the children’s return on Monday 8th March.  A ‘March Full Reopening Action Plan’ will be emailed out to you following this letter so you are aware of the arrangements for your child’s class.


Please note, that in order for us to give the site a deep clean and set up the classrooms ready for Monday 8th March, the on-site provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable will not be available on Friday 5th March only – their learning will be online for that day.  For parents of these children, please notify us if you need support with technology.


So that we are able to keep you, the children and our staff safe, we ask that all parents respect the following protocol when on school premises:


  • Parents must ensure their child attends school daily unless they report to the school that their child is unwell;
  • Parents must wear a face covering when on site;
  • Parents must maintain a 2m distance from school staff and other adults when on site;
  • Only one parent to accompany their child to school to limit numbers on site and allow for social distancing;
  • School uniform should be worn;
  • Children will only need to bring essentials such as lunch boxes, hats, coats, books and bags into school;
  • Parents must not gather at entrance gates or doors;
  • Parents should email/call the office to arrange appointments and meetings with staff;
  • Those positive with Covid-19 or symptoms will phone or email the school urgently and the affected persons will stay at home until a 10-day isolation period has passed.
  • Parents to be advised to follow guidance below:

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance


Although we have heard that the situation is improving, we must still be extremely vigilant and maintain high levels of hygiene and respect social distancing at all times.


Currently, all school staff are taking a Covid-19 test twice weekly, this will enable us to prevent the spread of the virus.  Although currently, it is not expected that primary children take a regular test, if they are unwell, I would encourage you to do this as a matter of routine.  It is very easy and quick to get tested now.  Please see details below:


Testing Sites in Barking and Dagenham


Opening times

Mayesbrook Park Car Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR (opposite Illchester Road)

7am to 9pm

Chadwell Heath Community Centre, High Road, Chadwell Heath RM6 6AS

7am to 9pm

Curzon Community Centre car park, Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG

8am to 8pm

You can get a test for:

  • yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now
  • someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • yourself, if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery

COVID-19 test site FAQs


If you don't have symptoms

If you have no symptoms, you can still get a quick test at the location below with the results available within an hour.


Opening times


Gascoigne Children’s Centre, 140 St Ann’s, Barking IG11 7AD

Daily. 10am to 7pm

From Monday 1 February Monday and Thursday opening times will be 10am to 4.30pm

Walk-in and booking available

Becontree Leisure Centre, Althorne Way, Dagenham RM10 7FH

Daily. 10am to 7pm

Walk-in only

How to book a test

  • People can register for a test at , after checking their symptoms.
  • Those who do not have any access to the internet, or who have difficulty with the digital portals, can ring a new 119 service to book their test. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119.


Do email the office if you have any queries.


We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 8th March.


Kindest regards,


Ms Preston

Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,


Re: Covid-19 Update


Please see information below from the Department for Education.

February half-term

Schools will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week.

Schools do not need to provide lunch parcels or vouchers during the February half-term. There is wider government support in place to support families and children outside of term-time through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme. The £170 million scheme is being run by local authorities in England, with at least 80% of the funding earmarked to support with food and essential utility costs and will cover the period to the end of March 2021. It will allow local authorities to directly help the hardest-hit families and individuals over the winter period. Local authorities have local ties and knowledge, making them best placed to identify and help those children and families most in need.

Contact tracing over the February half-term

Schools continue to play an important role in contact tracing for those pupils and staff who continue to attend their school. We recognise the challenges of this responsibility during holidays. Given limited numbers on-site, we expect contact tracing activity to be reduced but this remains vitally important in the continued national effort to limit the spread of the virus.

Where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, schools are not required to take any action. Staff, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. However, where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

We wish you and your family well.


Kindest regards,


 Ms Preston



Date: 26th January 2021


Dear Parents, Carers,


Re: Attendance in Remote Education


I hope you and your family is safe and well.


I am sharing the link to Gascoigne's Remote Education page for ease of you finding it:


We are keeping an attendance record of all children who are accessing their education remotely and those who are continuing to access their education on site - mornings and afternoons - daily.  I am pleased to see now, that the vast majority of children are getting into a good routine and have the technology needed to continue with their learning.  This will help when we return to a full school opening, hopefully, soon.


We will now need to make contact with all families where children are neither accessing on site nor remote education as this is a concern for the school and will adversely affect your child's future progress. It is important for ALL children to continue with some education during the school's partial closure.  If your child has not yet logged into their remote learning, please let us know and we can help with this.


If you need support, then please do not hesitate in contacting me:


Let's continue to work together to provide an education to our children in challenging circumstances.


Kindest regards,


Ms Preston



Letter sent to parents by Parent Mail.


Date: Thursday 31st December 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Re: School Closure/Childcare Provision from Tuesday 5th January until Friday 15th January for the children of Keyworkers and Vulnerable pupils.


Following the announcement from the government on 30th December, some boroughs, where the infection rate continues to be very high, will close schools for an additional period of time, to allow for testing of staff to take place.  Barking and Dagenham is a borough identified and included on the government’s list.

Therefore, Gascoigne will only open for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable pupils for the first two weeks of term.  All other pupils should continue to access learning from home and return on 18th January.


Vulnerable Pupils

Vulnerable pupils include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child.
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services;
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order;
    • those living in temporary accommodation;
    • those who are young carers;
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study);
    • care leavers;
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health;



Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach


Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting


Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies


Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)


Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas


Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.


Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors


As we know, the message from the government is clear: stay at home whenever possible; this is the best way to stay safe. On behalf of the staff and governors of Gascoigne Primary, I would like to convey our sincerest best wishes during this uncertain time.  We understand the notion of home schooling will present its challenges, but please be reminded that our Year Group Leaders can be contacted daily if you have questions regarding the learning; they are in contact with their teachers also so can pass on messages and keep them informed.  Year Group Pages | Gascoigne Primary School


Our childcare provision will remain open for the children of key workers and our vulnerable pupils throughout the period Tuesday 5th January – Friday 15th January. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 9:00am until 3:15pm (Gascoigne Road) or 8:50 until 3:05pm (The Shaftesburys).  If you fall into either of the above categories and would like to register for our Childcare Provision – please complete the form below.  It is important that we have an idea of how many children will need the provision so that we can staff accordingly. There will be Breakfast Club and After School Club provided by Bright Futures but only for children of keyworkers and vulnerable pupils during this time.

All information relating to remote learning can be found on the following page for parents:

Remote Learning | Gascoigne Primary School

Please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our team if there is anything you need.

Very best wishes,


Ms Preston




(Gascoigne Road – 9:00am until 3:15pm / The Shaftesburys – 8:50am until 3:05pm)

Year Group:

Child’s Name:

Parent’s Name:

Registering as:         *vulnerable              *key worker

If Key Worker – Role: 

Place of Work: 


Child(ren)’s Name(s) / Class: 






Child Care required (please highlight when it is required): 


Mon AM / PM     Tues AM / PM     Weds AM / PM     Thurs AM / PM       Fri AM / PM 


Packed Lunch    /     School Dinner 


COVID-19 Full School Reopening Risk Assessment (Sept 2020)

We kindly ask that you wear a mask when on our school site. Thank you!

Covid-19 Symptoms

Track and Trace Letter for Parents from PHE

Start of Term Update for Parents (18.09.20)

Letter for Parents from the Department of Public Health - Matthew Cole (16.09.20)

Welcome Back To School Powerpoint

Dear Parents,


We are looking forward to welcoming your children back on Monday 7th September; we trust you are safe and well.


Please be aware that there will be changes so that we are able to keep your children, you and our staff safe.  We have displayed a Safety Agreement around each site to remind you of how you can support us in keeping everyone safe and well.

You would have received information regarding arrangements for each Year Group from our Deputy Head Teachers before the summer break.  It will be strange to start with but I have no doubt we will soon find it the 'new normal' and will continue with the business of educating our pupils. Please do contact a member of staff if you have questions or concerns you would like to raise.


September Return to School
We have been working on our arrangements for September, we understand that this has been a difficult time for both pupils and parents and we are here to provide support and help. The safety of your child is our first priority. Please be assured that a comprehensive and detailed Risk Assessment has been carried out by senior members of staff, in conjunction with Barking and Dagenham Local Authority, to ensure that the very best practices are followed in relation to social distancing and preventing the spread of infection.


From Monday 7th September:
Y6- Enter through Y6 gate at The Shaftesburys
Y5- Enter class through blue stilts building staircase at Gascoigne Road
Y4- Enter annexe building (old Y5 block) at Gascoigne Road
Y3- Come in at class door at Gascoigne Road
Y2 – Enter through rear kitchen gate at The Shaftesburys
Y1-Come in at class door at Gascoigne Road


doors open
Road site
8.45 8.50 9.00 3.10 3.15 3.25
8.40 8.40 8.50 3.05 3.05 3.15


• Please note that one-way gates will be in operation to reduce congestion.
• Please arrange for only one adult to drop-off and collect your child and we would ask that you leave the school site as soon as possible in order to reduce the number of people in the playgrounds.


Does my child have to attend school in September?
Yes, from Monday 7th September all children in Year R-6 must return to school.

Should my child wear school uniform?
Yes, your child must wear school uniform.

Will my child need their PE kit?
No. On PE days, children can come to school in school PE clothes for the day.

Will there be Breakfast Club?
Unfortunately, not initially until we have worked on a safe way to enable children to attend and maintain the year group bubble.

Will there be After-School Club?
Yes, and you should contact Bright Futures to speak with them about their safe practice and risk

Will my child need their book bag?
Yes - children will receive a reading book on Tuesdays and they must return it on Fridays for cleaning.

Can I come to the school office?
Please try to phone or email instead. One family at a time will be permitted to enter the office area.

My child has medication. How do I arrange for this?
Please bring medication to the school office on the 3rd or 4th September to fill in the required form.

Will my child be in a class with their friends?
Yes, children will return to their class and classes will not be mixed up.

Will children social distance in school?
Children will be in Year Group Bubbles. Guidance states that children within the bubble may not be able to distance socially. Adults will distance from children as much as possible.

What is the school doing to help keep children safe?
Children will wash their hands regularly through the day. Children will be reminded of respiratory hygiene and classrooms will be ventilated.

What will happen at lunchtime?
Lunchtimes will be as normal but staying in Year Groups.

Can my child bring a water bottle?
Water bottles will be provided and sterilised daily.

Can my child wear a face mask?
If coming to school in a mask, it should be thrown away or put in a small bag on arrival and changed for a fresh mask for the day. Although guidance continues to state that a mask protects other people but does not provide protection for the individual.

What if my child is upset or does not want to return?
Our Nurture team, Family Liaison team and Learning Mentors will be on hand to help and all our staff have had additional mental health training to support each other and our children. We will work with you should your child need additional support.

What will my child be learning?
We will be teaching the whole curriculum and helping your child to get back on track with Reading, Writing and Maths. Teachers will be assessing pupils regularly so it is very important that they attend school.

What if my child is unwell?
If a child is displaying symptoms of Covid 19, they will be isolated immediately and the parent will be called. We will request that your child is tested and the school is informed of the test result as soon as possible.


If you have any questions before then, please do not hesitate in contacting:
- Nursery / Reception / Year 1: Mrs Buchner -
- Year 2 / Year 3 / Year 4: Miss Stainsby -
- Year 5 / Year 6 / H360: Mr Fox
- Or myself:

Kindest regards,
Jo Preston


Action Plan for Full School Opening September 20

Arrangements for Full School Opening September 2020

Parents LBBD Self-Isolation Guide

Dear Parents,


Re: Signposted Information for Parents


We truly hope that you and your families are safe and well.  

As the lockdown continues, we understand the pressures this may cause; parents have contacted the school for various reasons and for support in a range of areas.  My colleagues are working tirelessly to find agencies who can provide the support requested by our families.

Please see signposted information below: 


Contact telephone numbers and useful links which you can use to support your own mental health:

HTT (Home Treatment Team)                                                            0300 555 1147

BDAABIT (B&D Access, Assessment & Brief Intervention Team – secondary MH Care)   0300 300 1570

Barking & Dagenham CRT (Community Recovery Team)                0300 555 1021

EIP (Early Intervention in psychosis)                                                 0300 555 1030

BPS (Becontree Psychotherapy Service)                                          0300 555 1014

Mental Health Social Care Enablement and Assessment Team      020 8227 3925

Mental Health Long Term. Move On & Review Team                      020 8227 5806

Mental Health Direct (24 hour line)                                                   0300 555 1000

Talking Therapies (IAPT)                                                                  0300 300 1554 (Option 3)


Support helplines & websites:

- Barking & Dagenham Assessment Team (BDDABIT) – contact if in crisis.  Telephone: 0300 300 1570 (option 3)

- Mental Health Direct Crisis Line (24 hour) - 0300 555 1000

- Time to Talk – lists a number of support organisations with their contact details

- Anxiety UK   (03444 775774) They have lots of helpful hints and tips to keep yourself well during this time via this website link -

- Samaritans (116 123)  24 hours, 7 days a week Website:



They have some helpful tips to help to plan to keep yourself well/entertained during this time. 



We are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.Our helpline is here to support you when you feel you have reached a moment of crisis. We know that moment of crisis is different for everybody – some people can reach that point daily, and for some people it is a rare occurrence.


Mental Health Foundation


Domestic Abuse


Community Food Club


Money and Debt


BD Can

Please contact the school should you need any further support or information.


Kindest regards,


Ms Joanne Preston